(Oct. 5/17) On October 1, the general minimum wage increased to $11.60/hour with proportional increases to the student wage and alcohol server wage. In two short months the general minimum wage is scheduled to increase to $14.

Restaurants Canada is pushing hard for mitigation measures to offset the cost of the minimum wage increases to your business and is in discussions with key ministries and the premier’s office.

We Need Your Help!

It’s important to contact as many MPPs as possible to ensure that the offsets the government is considering will have direct benefits for our labour-intensive industry and your business. They must hear from constituents in their ridings.

Resources to Help You Join the Fight

  • Send a customized email to your MPP
  • Arrange a meeting with your MPP
  • Tell your story to your MPP

You must act quickly. Decisions are being made now about mitigation measures. MPPs will be in their ridings next week for break week so do not delay.

To access online resources to help you do this, please contact Paul McKay at 1-800-387-5649 x 4225 or pmckay@restaurantscanada.org and ask for the website, username and password.



  1. Jimmy diamond says:

    It about time they increased wages. I think it should be $16 per hour

  2. Mike Kashani says:

    There is not any justification behind this wage increase which will results costs going up crazily and everyone ending up paying more for this reason only.

  3. Owen steinberg says:

    Simply we are looking at removing front line staff and replacing with online software as the fast food chains are doing. Our business cannot burden such a rapid and significant increase in our Payroll costs.

  4. JE says:

    Price increases took place prior to this increase so let’s not feel sorry for owners – already looked after themselves. Moves that do not help your argument not to do it.

  5. john says:

    32% Minimum Wage Hike and 32% Municipal Tax hike are in my next budget. Unfortunately, there will be 10% or 6 less employees working for us next year and increased costs passed to Ontario consumers. Total additional costs if fully implemented $480,000 per year. Total Profit this past year $22,000. Worst case scenario we go Bankrupt in 2 years and 60 staff lose their jobs and possibly their homes, with no new prospects for new employers in our small rural town. Heartbreaking to my staff and community.

  6. YE says:

    I’ve only been to in business 2 years and 7 months. Not even breaking even much less making a profit. With this increase I have to increase costs, cut 2 part time staff and cut back hours for 2 part time staff. Ridiculous but have no choice because the cost of commodity increases every 3 months & rent yearly

  7. norma says:

    Definitely will affect restaurant industry, good and bad, will cut down employees, not so skilled cooks, lots of patience for restaurant owners, to teach them from the scratch. Prices of course will go up because of these wage increase to cover payroll cost. Also because of this wage increase owners have a high expectation from the employees. Hope for the best.

  8. Paul says:

    Granted, we can’t expect everyone to understand (or ‘believe’ in some cases) the impact of an aggressive increase. Most, if not all, of the operators and members I speak with, support the idea of a balanced and planned schedule of increases. After all, believe it or not, they really do want their staff to succeed. What the government is not ‘getting’, is that this may have the most impact on the people they think they are trying to help. Governments assume that employees already ‘in’ at $15 or above, will retain their jobs. Unfortunately, many won’t. As a business, employers will increasingly move to employ the minimum wage applicants, and invest in teaching them, or reducing the quality and amount of work they are asked to do (e.g. taking orders for those who won’t use the kiosks or order electronically), at the expense of experienced workers (e.g. those who may excel in service and preparation). Those who are making over the minimum wage, and whom some might assume will have their hourly wages increase incrementally, may be the most vulnerable here. None of us ‘support’ these negative impacts. But, at the end of the day, you cannot legislate a business to stay in business when it doesn’t make a profit. To those who correctly point out that businesses can change their business models to accommodate increases in minimum wage, yes, definitely they can. But the point being made is that the business is under no obligation to maintain a certain level of employment, and the adjustments, for those who can stay in business, will be to contain and suppress labour costs, not increase them. There is a form of economic ‘physics’ at play here, involving actions and re-actions.

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